Common Phrasal verbs with GO with meaning and examples.
List of useful phrasal verbs with GO in English.
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- 1 Go after
- 2 Go after
- 3 Go against
- 4 Go against
- 5 Go against
- 6 Go against
- 7 Go ahead
- 8 Go all out
- 9 Go along
- 10 Go around
- 11 Go around
- 12 Go at
- 13 Go away
- 14 Go away
- 15 Go away
- 16 Go back
- 17 Go below
- 18 Go by
- 19 Go by
- 20 Go by
- 21 Go down
- 22 Go down
- 23 Go down
- 24 Go down
- 25 Go down
- 26 Go down
- 27 Go down
- 28 Go down
- 29 Go down
- 30 Go for
- 31 Go for
- 32 Go for
- 33 Go for
- 34 Go for
- 35 Go for
- 36 Go for it
- 37 Go for it
- 38 Go in
- 39 Go into
- 40 Go into
- 41 Go off
- 42 Go off
- 43 Go off
- 44 Go off
- 45 Go off
- 46 Go off
- 47 Go on
- 48 Go on
- 49 Go on
- 50 Go on
- 51 Go on
- 52 Go on
- 53 Go out
- 54 Go out
- 55 Go out
- 56 Go out
- 57 Go out
- 58 Go out
- 59 Go out
- 60 Go out
- 61 Go out
- 62 Go over
- 63 Go over
- 64 Go so far as
- 65 Go through
- 66 Go through
- 67 Go through
- 68 Go through
- 69 Go through
- 70 Go through
- 71 Go through with
- 72 Go to
- 73 Go to
- 74 Go to
- 75 Go towards
- 76 Go under
- 77 Go under
- 78 Go under
- 79 Go up
- 80 Go up
- 81 Go up
- 82 Go up
- 83 Go up for
- 84 Go with
- 85 Go with
- 86 Go without
- Meaning: Pursue in attempt to catch another
- Example: The downed officer couldn’t go after the criminal.
- Meaning: Pursue an object or a goal
- Example: Inspired, the scientist went right after the new idea.
- Meaning: Violate; to breach; to break
- Example: What he did goes against the rules.
- Meaning: Be unfavourable to someone
- Example: The court’s decision went against them.
- Meaning: Be contrary to a trend, feeling or principle
- Example: This goes against my instincts.
- Meaning: Oppose; to resist
- Example: He dared not go against the King.
- Meaning: Proceed; to begin
- Example: Go ahead and eat without me. I expect to be very late.
Useful phrasal verbs with GO | Image 1.
Go all out
- Meaning: Reserve nothing; to put forth all possible effort or resources
- Example: They went all out for his eightieth birthday party and chartered a tour boat on the bay.
- Meaning: Participate, cooperate, or conform
- Example: I refuse to go along with another of his dangerous schemes.
- Meaning: Move or spread from person to person
- Example: There’s a cough going around.
- Meaning: Share with everyone
- Example: There’s plenty of fish to go around.
- Meaning: Try to solve a problem a specific way; to undertake a task
- Example: I went at the issue for hours but could not come up with a way around it.
Phrasal verbs with Go – “Go away” meaning and example.
- Meaning: Depart or leave a place
- Example: I’m not going to buy it. Please go away and don’t come back.
- Meaning: Travel somewhere, especially on holiday or vacation
- Example: Are you going away this year?
- Meaning: Become invisible, vanish or disappear
- Example: This cold just won’t go away.
- Meaning: Abandon, desert, betray or fail someone or something
- Example: You promised me that you’d pay up today, no going back on your word.
- Meaning: Go below deck on a ship; to leave the top deck of a ship
- Example: The weather’s getting bad; you had better go below!
- Meaning: Pass or go past without much interaction
- Example: I like to sit and watch the world go by.
- Meaning: Be called, to use as a name
- Example: His full name is Ernest Tinkleton, but he goes by Ernie.
- Meaning: Follow; to assume as true for the purposes of making a decision, taking an action, etc.
- Example: I’m only going by what my teacher said.
Phrasal verbs with Go – “Go down” meaning and example.
- Meaning: Descend; to move from a higher place to a lower one
- Example: You’ll need to go down two floors to get to that office.
- Meaning: Disappear below the horizon; to set
- Example: It’ll be cooler once the sun goes down.
- Meaning: Decrease; to change from a greater value to a lesser one
- Example: The unemployment rate has gone down significantly in recent months.
- Meaning: Fall (down), fall to the floor
- Example: The boxer went down in the second round, after a blow to the chin.
- Meaning: Be received or accepted
- Example: The news didn’t go down well with her parents.
- Meaning: Be recorded or remembered (as)
- Example: Today will go down as a monumental failure.
- Meaning: Take place, happen
- Example: A big heist went down yesterday by the docks.
- Meaning: Perform oral sex
- Example: He felt nervous about going down on his girlfriend for the first time.
- Meaning: Stop functioning, to go offline
- Example: Did the server just go down again? We’ll have to reboot it.
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Phrasal verbs with Go – “Go for” meaning and example.
- Meaning: Try for, to attempt to reach
- Example: I’ll go for the world record.
- Meaning: Undertake (an action)
- Example: His phone was off so I couldn’t ask his permission, so I decided to just go for it.
- Meaning: Attack
- Example: Careful, he’ll go for your throat!
- Meaning: Develop a strong interest in, especially in a sudden manner; to be infatuated with
- Example: Clyde took one look at Bonnie and really went for her.
- Meaning: Favor, accept
- Example: Management won’t go for such a risky project now.
- Meaning: Apply equally to
- Example: Stop taking my food from the fridge! That goes for you too, Nick!
Go for it
- Meaning: Put maximum effort into achieving something
- Example: He really went for it.
Go for it
- Meaning: Decide to do something; especially after a period of hesitation
- Example: May I use your bathroom? ― Go for it!
- Meaning: Be obscured by clouds
- Example: It’s chilly now the sun’s gone in.
- Meaning: Get involved in; to investigate or explore
- Example: I don’t want to go into the details now.
- Meaning: Divide exactly; to be a factor of
- Example: 11 goes into 88 and 99 but not 100.
- Meaning: Explode
- Example: The bomb went off right after the president left his office.
- Meaning: Fire, especially accidentally
- Example: The gun went off during their struggle.
- Meaning: Explode metaphorically; to become very angry
- Example: When the boss came to know about the scheme, he went off, shouting and throwing everything away.
- Meaning: Begin clanging or making noise
- Example: The alarm will go off at six a.m.
- Meaning: Depart; to leave
- Example: He went off without a word.
- Meaning: Like less
- Example: Ever since falling off my bike, she’s gone off cycling to work.
Phrasal verbs with Go – “Go on” meaning and example.
- Meaning: Continue in extent
- Example: The meeting seemed to go on forever.
- Meaning: Continue an action
- Example: I think I’ve said enough now; I’m not sure I should go on.
- Meaning: Proceed
- Example: He went on to win a gold medal.
- Meaning: Talk about a subject frequently or at great length
- Example: Will you stop going on about your stupid holiday.
- Meaning: Use and adopt (information) in order to understand an issue, make a decision, etc.
- Example: I didn’t make a decision because I didn’t have anything to go on.
- Meaning: Happen (occur)
- Example: What’s going on?!
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Phrasal verbs with Go – “Go out” meaning and example.
- Meaning: Leave, especially a building
- Example: Please go out through the back door.
- Meaning: Leave one’s abode to go to public places
- Example: They were going to stay in and read, but instead went out shopping.
- Meaning: Be eliminated from a competition
- Example: Our team went out in the third round.
- Meaning: Be turned off or extinguished
- Example: The lights went out.
- Meaning: Discard or meld all the cards in one’s hand
- Example: Leon made two canastas, then went out by melding treys.
- Meaning: Become out of fashion
- Example: He thought Nehru jackets went out in the late seventies.
- Meaning: Have a romantic relationship, one that involves going out together on dates
- Example: They’ve been going out for three years now, but still live apart.
- Meaning: Fail
- Example: I’d like to help clear the field, but my knee went out on me.
- Meaning: Spend the last moments of a show (while playing something)
- Example: Thank you for introducing us to your new album. Which song should we go out on?
- Meaning: Look at carefully; to scrutinize; to analyze
- Example: Please go over the reports to make sure we haven’t missed anything.
- Meaning: Create a response or impression
- Example: Playing a radio in the office did not go over well with his coworkers.
Go so far as
- Meaning: Reach an unexpected extent in doing something
- Example: I know he suffered from depression, but surely he wouldn’t go so far as to kill himself?
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- Meaning: Travel from one end of something to the other
- Example: The train went through the tunnel.
- Meaning: Examine or scrutinize (a number or series of things), especially in a regular order
- Example: Every morning, she went through her mail over a cup of coffee.
- Meaning: Undergo, suffer, experience
- Example: She’s yet to go through puberty, although she’s already 17.
- Meaning: Wear out (clothing etc. )
- Example: I’ve gone through two pairs of shoes already this holiday.
- Meaning: Progress to the next stage of something
- Example: If United don’t lose by more than 2 goals, they should go through to the next round.
- Meaning: Reach an intended destination after passing through some process
- Example: My payment hasn’t gone through yet.
Go through with
- Meaning: Carry out (something planned or promised)
- Example: If you decide to go through with the surgery, remember to leave time to recover.
- Meaning: Attend an event or a sight
- Example: We went to a concert for my birthday.
- Meaning: Attend classes at a school as a student
- Example: He went to the University of Kansas for almost two years before he dropped out.
- Meaning: Tend to support
- Example: The study goes to the point I was making earlier about subsidies.
- Meaning: Be a contribution to
- Example: This money will go towards paying off the debt.
- Meaning: Descend into a body of water; to founder
- Example: The boat was too heavy and went under.
- Meaning: Collapse or fail, e.g. by going bankrupt
- Example: In the crisis, the company was forced to reduce its costs in order to avoid going under.
- Meaning: Be named; to call oneself
- Example: He goes under the name of Mr X to remain anonymous.
- Meaning: Be built or erected
- Example: There are new offices going up in town.
- Meaning: Rise or increase in price, cost, or value
- Example: Bananas have gone up because of a shortage.
- Meaning: Be consumed by fire
- Example: The building went up in smoke.
- Meaning: Forget lines or blocks during public performance
- Example: The producer hopes nobody goes up opening night.
Go up for
- Meaning: Of the fielding side, to appeal for the batsman or batswoman to be out
- Example: The keeper went up for a caught behind.
- Meaning: Choose or accept (a suggestion)
- Example: Although I liked your suggestion, I’ll go with my original idea.
- Meaning: Correspond or fit well with, to match
- Example: Does this red skirt go with this pink blouse?
- Meaning: Be deprived of
- Example: The poor man’s children went without supper.